The US Department of Defense (DoD) is in search of courtroom permission to rethink sure features of its determination to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft, courtroom filings confirmed on Thursday.
A US decide final month granted Amazon.com’s request to briefly halt the DoD and Microsoft from shifting ahead with the deal, which Amazon had stated mirrored undue affect by President Donald Trump.
Lawyers for the US authorities have requested a federal decide to grant the Pentagon “120 days to reconsider certain aspects of the challenged agency decision,” the DoD stated in a submitting to the US Court of Federal Claims late on Thursday.
“DoD does not intend to conduct discussions with offerors or to accept proposal revisions with respect to any aspect of the solicitation other than price scenario,” in keeping with the submitting.
The Pentagon additionally stated it needed to re-evaluate elements of the bidders’ value proposals and on-line marketplaces.
“We are pleased that the DoD has acknowledged ‘substantial and legitimate’ issues that affected the JEDI award decision, and that corrective action is necessary,” a spokesman for Amazon’s cloud computing unit stated in an emailed assertion.
The e-commerce large has alleged that Trump exerted “improper pressure” and bias that led the DoD to award the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud (JEDI) contract to Microsoft.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper beforehand denied there was bias and stated the Pentagon made its selection pretty and freely with out exterior affect.
A Microsoft spokesman stated the Pentagon made the suitable determination after they awarded the contract.
“However, we support their decision to reconsider a small number of factors as it is likely the fastest way to resolve all issues and quickly provide the needed modern technology to people across our armed forces,” he stated.
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